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Popular Bismarck walking tour back for a second year

Posted on 5/1/2014

Bismarck, N.D. - After the remarkable popularity of last year's "Capital in Farm Country" historic walking tour of downtown Bismarck, the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation is offering the free tours again this year on May 10, July 19, and Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Registration for participants is now open.

"Capital in Farm Country" shows familiar places in downtown Bismarck where people shaped the destiny of North Dakota. The tour ends at the historic Peacock Alley, where participants can relax and chat with one another in one of Bismarck's most popular historic landmarks.

Last summer the Foundation initially offered ‘Capital in Farm Country' just once and immediately got three times more participants than it could accommodate. According to tour organizer Robert Hanna, "People are excited about downtown Bismarck right now-both its heritage and its future. As Bismarck grows and develops, they want to know what's unique about their community and the role it's played in history."

The tour is part of the Foundation's increasing interpretation of North Dakota's agricultural history. Other ag history projects include the North Dakota Centennial Farms program and the Our First Farmers gallery and gardens at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.

Tour sponsors include the Bismarck Historical Society, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, the State Historical Society of North Dakota and Peacock Alley.

Each tour starts at Camp Hancock on Main Street and will involve about a mile of walking. Participation is free, but an RSVP is required at or at 701-462-8535.

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